Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred by Jeffrey J. Kripal (Author)

Most scholars dismiss research into the paranormal as pseudoscience, a frivolous pursuit for the paranoid or gullible. Even historians of religion, whose work naturally attends to events beyond the realm of empirical science, have shown scant interest in the subject. But the history of psychical phenomena, Jeffrey J. Kripal contends, is an untapped source of insight into the sacred and by tracing that history through the last two centuries of Western thought we can see its potential centrality to the critical study of religion.

Kripal grounds his study in the work of four major figures in the history of paranormal research: psychical researcher Frederic Myers; writer and humorist Charles Fort; astronomer, computer scientist, and ufologist Jacques Vallee; and philosopher and sociologist Bertrand Méheust. Through incisive analyses of these thinkers, Kripal ushers the reader into a beguiling world somewhere between fact, fiction, and fraud. The cultural history of telepathy, teleportation, and UFOs; a ghostly love story; the occult dimensions of science fiction; cold war psychic espionage; galactic colonialism; and the intimate relationship between consciousness and culture all come together in Authors of the Impossible, a dazzling and profound look at how the paranormal bridges the sacred and the scientific.

Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of several books, including Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion and The Serpent’s Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion.

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Jeffrey Kripal with Dana Sawyer – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Jeffrey J. Kripal holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he chaired the Department of Religious Studies for nine years and helped create the GEM Program, a doctoral concentration in the study of Gnosticism, Esotericism, and Mysticism that is the largest program of its kind in the world. Jeff is the author of seven books, including Comparing Religions: Coming to Terms, Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. He specializes in the comparative study and analysis of extreme religious states from the ancient world to today. His full body of work can be seen at

Dana Sawyer is a professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art, and a lecturer on world religions for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. His expertise is in Hindu and Buddhist systems of philosophy, and he has a professional interest in exploring the appeal of Asian religions on the Western mind. In that regard, he has written a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley and has just finished writing the authorized biography of Huston Smith, the renowned scholar of world religions.

Inner Guidance Our Divine Birthright ~ Anne Archer Butcher [Updated Feb 22, 2014]

Pub Date Oct 15 2013

Swept out to sea and pursued by a shark; cast out of her body in a near-death experience after a head-on collision with a truck; facing her deepest fears; resolving difficult karmic connections; accepting grace; struggling with malaria; inspiring her high school students to greatness. Throughout all these ordeals, adventures, and profound experiences, the author received clear and reliable inner guidance that helped her and others survive and thrive. Anne Archer Butcher shares how she learned about this guidance through the fascinating teachings of Eckankar.

She shares these astounding stories and many more, not just because they’re fascinating reading, but because they contain insights to help you connect with and benefit from your own inner guidance. A spiritually richer and more confident life is yours for the asking.

“Inner guidance,” says Anne, “is an exceptional spiritual tool. It opens the door of the heart to divine assistance, like having the wisest person in the world at our shoulder, helping with every decision.

“Who wouldn’t want that?”
Anne Archer Butcher is a well-known international speaker and workshop facilitator, writer and producer. In the past, she worked as the Editor of Publications for Eckankar International.

Both members of the ECK Clergy, Anne and her husband, Alden, own a company, which focuses on projects that uplift, educate and inspire. They are award-winning producers and writers whose clients have included former U.S. Presidents and top celebrities. Anne and Alden have produced many videos for Eckankar, and helped create the new video, Miracles in Your Life, which is being viewed all over the world via the Internet.

Anne is truly a lover of life. She has spoken at many ECK seminars around the world and is appreciated for her personal stories of inner guidance, spiritual growth, and the universal spiritual laws in action. She now resides with her husband on a beautiful lake in North Carolina. They have three daughters, a grandson, and two Yorkies.

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Eckankar – Inner Guidance Brings Rescue by Dolphins

Anne Archer Butcher was swept out to sea and miraculously rescued by dolphins. She was cast out of her body in a near-death experience after a head-on collision with a truck. She fought malaria and won. Throughout the ordeals, adventures, and profound experiences contained in her new book from Eckankar, Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright, the author received clear and reliable inner guidance that helped her and others survive and thrive.

Anne Archer Butcher is an award-winning producer and writer, wife and mother, businesswoman, and member of the Eckankar clergy who speaks at international gatherings.

The Impossible Happens: A Scientist’s Personal Discovery of the Extraordinary Nature of Reality ~ Imants Baruss [Updated Feb 22, 2014]

After decades of analyzing his dreams, a professor of psychology finds that some of them anticipate future events. Not only does he dream the exact day of the year on which one of his books is accepted for publication, but he learns how to use these dreams to create better outcomes in his life. Working with a medium for his research as well as in the classroom, he finds that the medium often gets correct information to which she does not have any ordinary access during apparent conversations with the dead. As his experiments continue to meet with surprising results, the author comes to accept the idea that reality is much more interesting than conventional science has led us to believe.

Imants Barušs Imants Barušs obtained an interdisciplinary BSc from the University of Toronto, a MSc in mathematics from the University of Calgary, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Regina. For the past 25 years he has been teaching, mostly about consciousness, at Kings University College at The University of Western Ontario where he has risen to the rank of Professor. He is the author of four academic books and over 100 papers, reviews, and presentations, mostly about fundamental issues concerning consciousness.

Among his books are Alterations of Consciousness and Science as a Spiritual Practice. He has served in a number of administrative roles including Chair of the Department of Psychology and member of the Senate of the University of Western Ontario, and belongs to various professional organizations including the Society for Scientific Exploration and the New York Academy of Sciences. He lives in Canada.

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Imants Baruss on Consciousness and Mind States – 2nd Annual California Cognitive Science Conference

Published on Jun 8, 2013

Distinguished professor of psychology, Imants Baruss, describes some of his own explorations of the demarcation between waking, drowsy, dreaming, and other abstract brain states. He challenges the traditional conceptual approach to cognitive science and poses evidence from the work of his group at Kings University College in Western Ontario, Canada.

Anita Moorjani- the Near- Death Experience and how to live without fear

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Anita has an extraordinary story to tell. She had experienced what most people never have; she “crossed over,” and came back to share what she learned. Doctors had given her mere hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move, and in a deep coma as the result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return to life when she realized that “heaven” is a state, not a place.

With light from Jannecke Øinæs, Norway

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